Can you imagine a world where everyone treats each other kindly? That’s the first question you’re asked when you start playing A Better World, a new Facebook app. Created by ToonUps, the purpose of this game, plain and simple, is to do good. As the year comes to a close and we’re all looking forward to a peaceful and prosperous 2011, this is just the kind of game you want to play.
After visiting A Better World on Facebook, you start off by creating (and customizing, if you wish) your own avatar. Clothes, makeup, hair, shoes… everything. You’re then shown around the world with mini-tutorials on where things are and how to go about earning points. Positive Points and Do-Good Gold. I also decorated my house, which only took about a minute as there aren’t very many choices at first. Once I get enough points, I’ll get to go shopping for some home decor. Yay!
How do you earn points, you ask? There are several ways, all involving doing good deeds and showing gratitude. At Gratitude Grotto you can write what you’re grateful for, for instance. At the Positive Post (think post office), you can send personal messages to friends and family. Something positive and uplifting that is sure to brighten their day.
My favorite part are the mini-games. Playing earns you points. There’s a recycling game which can be addicting. Like Bejeweled, but with garbage. Maya, my 6-year-old, absolutely loved this game. No, she’s not on Facebook. Come on! I just thought she’d enjoy it (and maybe learn a little something about recycling).
When not playing a game, you can explore your town and visit neighbors. Give them gifts, even! As you progress in the game, earning more and more points, you’ll see your house grows and you get more features. Better Bucks are the premium currency that buys you the really good stuff. There is an option to buy Better Bucks, but it’s not something that’s pushed on you. If you want, you can exchange your Do-Good Gold for Better Bucks and not spend any money at all.
I’m not one to play Facebook games often, but this is a cute one. Easy to navigate and fast-loading, too. Check out the game by visiting A Better World’s Facebook Page. Forward the link to a friend!
Disclosure: I will receive a gift card from Likeable Media as thanks for testing and writing about A Better World, but all opinions are my own.